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    Swiss88 is offline Newbie
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    stopping breathing

    In this sentence,

    I either stopped breathing or came close to stopping breathing.

    "stopping breathing" sounds incorrect to my ears, but I cannot explain why.

    Could anyone explain the grammar of this to me?

    Thank you!

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    stanislaw.masny is offline VIP Member
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    Re: stopping breathing

    Quote Originally Posted by Swiss88 View Post
    In this sentence,

    I either stopped breathing or came close to stopping breathing.

    "stopping breathing" sounds incorrect to my ears, but I cannot explain why.

    Could anyone explain the grammar of this to me?

    Thank you!
    Dear Swiss
    I'm not a native speaker, but I would say
    -'I either held/caught my breathing or came close to it'.
    I'm not able to explain why.
    S.M.

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